Healthy Living San Antonio

Mayor's Fitness Council - May 2019

Our Mission

The Mayor's Fitness Council is committed to improving the health and well-being of all San Antonians by increasing the awareness of and providing opportunities for education, programs and events in all communities to create momentum for engaging in healthy behaviors.
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Are you ready for the summer? May marks the end of school for some, the beginning of summer activities, vacation trips and is therefore an especially busy month. We will highlight just a few from our events calendar and our partners who are making them happen, but make an effort to check out any others that may interest you!

National Blood Pressure & Stroke Awareness Month

Do you or someone you know suffer from High Blood Pressure? Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? This month the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association want to raise awareness and funds as part of their ongoing campaigns. On May 11, 2019 the American Heart Association will be hosting a Heart Walk in New Braunfels to raise awareness and funding. You can click on the registration link below to get more information on the event. In addition, the American Stroke Association is asking their faith-based community partners to participate in their Together to End Stroke - Power Sunday by wearing Purple on May 19, 2019. An information toolkit can be accessed through the Empowered to Serve link below.

Celebrate Global Employee Health & Fitness Month with Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo embraces and epitomizes the optimization of total well-being. The personal, social, emotional, financial, and physical components comprising well-being are embedded into the consistent and compelling Team Member experience. Their program is focused on improving the workplace environment to support a healthier culture, increase team member engagement and provide resources to their team members. This month at their San Antonio location they will be promoting physical activity and tying in the mental health component since May is also Mental Health Month. There will be booths set up throughout the month providing content on the benefits of physical activity and a 30-Day Move More calendar with simple activities team members can perform at their desk. Another component to our programming this month will include a Zen Zone experience, which will be a relaxation room set up in stations that reach all the senses. Team members will be able to stop by on their breaks, at lunch and throughout the day to walk through the Zen Zone and leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

Mental Health Month

In the United States, approximately 44.7 million adults aged 18 or older experience a mental health condition. When left untreated, mental health conditions carry a significant risk of disability, and in some cases, even death. In fact, over 90% of people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health condition. Because over two-thirds of the U.S. population participates in the workforce, it is imperative that we create workplaces that offer a sense of belonging and purpose, qualities of workers wellbeing that can support them when life becomes stressful and unmanageable. The Mental & Behavioral Health Tool Kit is designed to provide resources and support for San Antonio employers, along with guidance for including mental health within their benefit structure. It is our hope that these recommendations and best practices will decrease stigma, increase and enhance help-seeking, and lead to a mentally healthier workforce. You can download a copy by clicking on the link below.

Focused on Their Employees

The Alamo Colleges District were the proud recipients of a Silver Well Workplace Award by the Wellness Council of America in 2018. As part of their commitment to improving the overall health of the San Antonio community, they are focusing on the mental health of their more than 6,700 employees by encouraging them to access and utilize their Employee Assistance Program (EAP). They will be providing presentations highlighting the services available to them as well as having BiblioTech to presentations on various topics that support/develop the mental dimension of health including reading, journaling, continuing education, collecting quotations and developing hobbies.
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National P.E. and Sport Week

The month kicks off with a celebration of physical activity. This week long event is organized by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators and their goal is to celebrate "effective physical education and sport programs in schools around the nation." Do you know someone whose efforts deserve recognition? You can highlight their efforts by visiting their website through the link listed below.
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Healthiest Week of the Year in Texas

Our friends at It's Time Texas sponsors a week-long initiative to encourage Texans to SHOP healthy, SWEAT at an activity and SHARE all of your efforts with #HEALTHYTEXASWEEK. One lucky poster will win a prize pack on each of the seven days of this week, so get out and get active and share how you are making yourself healthier!

Bike to School Day

Ghisallo Cycling Initiatives mission is to develop youth who safely and expertly integrate bicycling into their daily lives, to teach participants self-sufficient cycling skills, and to facilitate the experience needed for youth cyclists to be peer leaders. Our free programming available to San Antonio schools, teach young children in 3rd-5th grade about cycling skills and helmet usage. We help enable our community to access their interests by bicycle and foster a lifelong relationship with cycling. We participate in local community events like Siclovia, SafeKids Day, BikeFiesta and many others. After being awarded a Bike to School grant from SafeKids Worldwide Mandy Fultz, SafeKids SA Project Coordinator, has teamed up with a few local organizations to provide safety material and lessons for the kids at a Northside ISD elementary school. We are collaborating with SafeKids San Antonio from University Health Systems and Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) to celebrate Bike to School day with the kids. These organizations all focus on public safety and creating a safe environment for all members of the community to enjoy recreating. Thanks to SafeKids Worldwide, Ghisallo Cycling Initiative, AAMPO and SafeKids SA, students at Martin ES will be given reflective stickers, bike safety tip sheets, helmet giveaway, hands-on safety lessons and much more.

Ride with your Kids

Even if you can't have participate in the Bike to School Day, you can still get your kids out on their bikes. Come out and join STORM for their monthly STORM Kidz Ride on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10:00 am to Noon at Mcallister Park Practice Field. This is a free opportunity for any child who can ride training wheel free to try out off-road biking. Kids will learn basic trail skills and trail etiquette and get their bike checked over by an expert. Kids only need a bike, helmet and closed-toe shoes and a parent who can ride with them and sign a liability waiver. For more information, you can view their program at the website.

Let the Games Begin

San Antonio Sports will kick off the 10th Annual Fit Family Challenge on May 11th with the District 4 Heroes 5k & 10k event. Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Councilman Ray Saldana will be appearing to lend their support to all of the participants at the opening ceremonies at 7:30 am. The race is free and open to all of San Antonio and marks the beginning of the summer's free Zumba classes that are the hallmark of the Fit Family Challenge. Bring the whole family!

National Women's Health Week

This Mother's Day marks the beginning of the National Women's Health Week. According to the Office on Women's Health, "It's never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you!" Part of that plan includes making sure you have received all of your vaccinations. Women can significantly reduce their risk of cervical cancer by obtaining an HPV immunization. Although it was originally only recommended for youth, in 2018 the FDA expanded their recommendations to include adults 27-45 years. For more information on the HPV vaccine, you can visit any of the links below.

National Senior Fitness Day

If you or someone you love is 50+ and looking for something new to do this summer, celebrate National Senior Fitness Day by trying something new. San Antonio Oasis believes that healthy living is ageless. They offer a classes in ten different topic areas including wellness, technology, outreach and travel, to ensure that there is something for everyone. Many of the classes are available at little or no cost. For further information, you can download their summer catalog below, or click on the registration link to sign-up for a class.

Get Out and Get Active

Check out more upcoming events for May 2019 by clicking on the Event Calendar link. These events open to the public for free or very little cost. You can also download the Choose Healthier mobile app at the link below.